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On the hunt for clean sheets

24 November 2017

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan is determined to see his side return to their miserly ways in the defensive third of the pitch.

The Magpies have not kept a clean sheet in five matches but, with no midweek fixtures scheduled between now and Christmas, the former Newcastle midfielder is hopeful more time on the training ground and the video room can rectify the issue.

"When we were dominant and looked a real force, winning six games in a row, we had five clean sheets," he said.

"We haven't gone away from it because the lads are not giving away numerous chances but we are being punished for lapses in concentration.

"With all the games we've had we haven't been able to pinpoint specific things and sit down with the lads to have discussions about it.

"Now, going back to Saturday-to-Saturday, we have a fantastic opportunity to revisit what we did through pre-season and in the early part of the season and go back to the way we were."

Colchester United are the visitors to Meadow Lane this weekend, arriving having only tasted defeat once in their past 10 Sky Bet League Two matches.

And the Notts boss is preparing his men for another stern test from John McGreal's team.

"They've got a good side and were unlucky not to make the play-offs last year," said Nolan. "I expect them to be there or thereabouts again this season.

"It won't be an easy game. They've kept three clean sheets in a row, they play some good stuff and have players who are in-form. We'll be well-prepared and well-drilled.

"It's a big ask and there will be expectancy because we're at home but we need to make sure we are at it and keep performing the way we have been.

"The lads were all disappointed not to win at Yeovil on Tuesday but they came into training really bright and bubbly and looking forward to the game."

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